European Election Dialogue with Michael Roth in Essen

(Please click here to read about the dialogue in Hamburg.)

For the Essen European election dialogue, 60 vocational students discussed their questions and demands for this year’s European elections and beyond with State Minister for Europe in Germany’s Foreign Office, Michael Roth.

Foto: Michael RothBefore the discussion, they had already taken part in workshops with our peer trainers and identifies participation ideas. There was no limit to imagination: Climate protection, animal rights, gender equality, democracy, education policy, asylum politics and many more were all being discussed. While most of the students formulated their demands and thought of ways to get involved themselves, a small group was also visiting them with cameras for interviews. A small video of that will be published here shortly.

In the beginning of the discussion part, Dr. Anne Duncker, head of the Europe section of the Stiftung Mercator, called upon everyone to keep shaping Europe together. She referred back to some of the ideas of the young adults and encouraged them to stay on it and get involved. Michael Roth supported that: “Politics without friends isn’t fun and doesn’t work – Europe is a team sport!” A fast-paced ride through pretty much all areas of politics followed because most of the working groups wanted to present their demands and get a reaction. In the end of the event, Lena Prötzel, head of seminars and travels at the Schwarzkopf Foundation, thanked all those involved. Looking at the EUropean elections, she added: You wouldn’t want someone else to pick out the shoes you have to wear for the next five years!

This event was held as part of the project Understanding Europe and supported by the Stiftung Mercator. We thank the participating teachers and students.

Photos: Marcel Kusch/Schwarzkopf-Stiftung

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